The Lord spoke to Moses from the burning bush, revealing Himself. God had revealed Himself before–to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it, the Lord’s revelation of Himself to Moses “proved to be the fundamental one.”
He is one God, living and true, almighty, everlasting, and infinitely wise. He is faithful, compassionate, rich in mercy. God made the heavens and the earth; He reigns over all things; His sublime beauty and goodness give meaning and purpose to everything.
The Catechism goes on to point out that believing in God has five basic implications. I reserve the right to give a quiz on this at some future time.
- We believe in one God Almighty; therefore, we must seek to know Him and serve Him.
- We must give Him thanks for everything.
- We must acknowledge that all human beings share in equal dignity as His children, and that the entire human race is fundamentally one family.
- We must make use of created things only as means by which to get closer to God. We must detach ourselves from any created thing that estranges us from Him.
- We trust God in every circumstance.
Easy to say. Semi-easy to memorize. A lifetime of daily work to put into practice.